Tessa Sonik’s latest collection is called ‘UP Japan‘, and is defined by everything ‘up’ – UP-cycle, UP-skill and UP-lift.
The range came about after much contemplation on how to work towards zero waste, and how to create new items from existing items. The brand has always been conscious of environmental issues, both economically and socially, so the question became how to create exceptional quality fabrics that didn’t compromise on current fashion trends.
And so UP Japan was born – a range of exclusive and limited edition print and dyed fabrics that meet the philosophy of UP-cycle, UP-skill and UP-lift.
The intricate printed fabrics are 100% polyester with a velvet feel and have a UV print, meaning that the fabric can be used outdoors. The linens are hand-dyed, giving a natural look with variations in colour and coverage.
You can view the range over here.
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It might be a few weeks too early to start talking about Spring, but we can’t help ourselves! The days are getting longer, the mornings a little lighter and the first signs of glorious Spring blossoms are on their way.
Not only the time of warmer temperatures, Spring also symbolises rejuvenation and newness, and we love bringing that fresh feeling into our homes. What better time than Spring to reinvent your interiors? And it doesn’t have to cost you a bomb either! There’s nothing like a new coast of paint, a reshuffle of furniture, a new scatter cushion or two, or a stunning new rug to put a spring in your step!
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Whether it’s a new set of scatter cushions, a reupholstered ottoman or occasional chair, or a new rug, there are ways to refresh your home that will have big impact without breaking the bank.
Our first choice for winter is a splash of velvet. Add velvet scatter cushions to your lounge, reupholster an old ottoman for an entirely new look, or recover dining room chairs for added glam.
We’re 100% convinced that no home is complete without a little animal print. And while we’re not advocates of the safari lodge look (unless it’s actually in a safari lodge), there is nothing more sophisticated that a touch of animal print in the right places.
We’ve put together a handy guide to help when it comes to upholstery. The below guide is meant to be a general guide. Try to choose a shape which is the closest match to your furniture, and add meters as needed. If you are taking on an upholstery project for the first time, we’d advise adding on about 10%.
-Not all furniture fits easily into a general category. Special furniture (ottomans, love seats) require different amounts of fabric than other similar sized furniture.
-Sofas with tall backs and ruffled skirts need an extra 2 to 3 meters of fabric. It is better to buy too much fabric than too little – you can always use the excess fabric to make extra sofa pillows.
-If you are upholstering using fabric with a pattern, you need more because of the repeat.
-Take your needs into account and consider fabric durability, especially if your furniture is in a high traffic zone. Lighter hues and lightly-woven fabrics are suitable for decorative purposes.
-Remember to check shrinkage. If the fabric shrinks – normally natural fibres do shrink – wash the fabric before cutting it.
All images via. Velvet and animal print fabric from Tessa Sonik Fabrics.
When it comes to fashion, or home decor, no look is complete without a little animal print.
Adding a hint of the wild to your home is as easy as adding a leopard print scatter fusion or two, a zebra print ottoman, or an animal print rug. Less is more in this instance, but animal print really takes up the glam factor in any home.
All images via. All animal print fabric from Tessa Sonik Fabrics.
Nothing says luxury and opulence like velvet, especially if you’re after a warm and cosy interior during the winter months.
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With its unmistakable beauty and lustre, velvet has earned its place as a covetable fabric for use in home spaces. Below we’ve showcased velvet’s appeal and versatility, from romantic pinks, to royal blues and punchy citrus. What colours will you be introducing into your home this winter?
All velvets from Tessa Sonik Fabrics.
While we are fans of the all white, minimalist look, nothing makes more of a statement than a bright and delightful kitchen.
The kitchen is where is all happens, and because it’s so action-packed and full of life, it’s the easiest place to add colour in your home. Whether it’s a tiled backsplash, or a wall painted in a saturated hue, let your kitchen tell a story.
We love the below Mexican tiles, all from Hadeda.
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Not just a stockist of Mexican tiles, Hadeda
is also a treasure trove of authentic, imported Mexican homeware – basins, pots, blankets and more. If you’re looking to inject some colour into your home and life, this is the place to visit.
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Some refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends or in your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used interchangeably to describe the idea of hygge – cosiness, charm, happiness, ‘contentness’, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, kinship, and simpleness.
So how can you bring this cosiness into your home this winter? The simple act of lighting a candle while drinking your coffee in the morning, enjoying a home-cooked meal with friends, or making a ritual of brewing tea in a teapot with a china teacup, can all make a big difference to one’s spirit, and lift domestic life from drudgery to art form.
Apart from candles and crackling fireplaces, there are other ways to make your home a refuge this winter. Lighting is very important (think floor lamps and soft, indirect lighting, rather than harsh, bright light), and layering with comforting, warm textures (wool throws, velvet scatter cushions). Choose a warm colour palette for extra cosiness, and display those nostalgic vintage items – the Danes believe that household objects should be more than just things; they should have emotional value.
Finally, invest in natural fabrics in neutral tones, like sisal or jute rugs
to create a warm, comforting atmosphere.
Sometimes you have something very specific in mind when it comes to a new rug – border colour, type of material, exact dimensions – and matching these can be difficult. That’s why we love Rebtex’s ‘design your own rug’ service.
You can choose between natural fibres and colours, choose a border colour you love, and see what it’ll look like on the floor you have. It’s a breeze to use the platform, and before you know it, you’ll have a custom rug delivered to your door.
Not sure which natural fibre to choose? Read our post here.
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